Baby Bear in Shades of Gray

So, I guess I’ve used the Baby Bear stamp set quite a few times. How could I not? It is just too cute. My neighbors welcomed a new granddaughter last week so I wanted to make something special.


Design Notes for Baby Bear Card:

In the past, when I’ve used Baby Bear, I’ve made the bear in shades of brown. This time I wanted to use grays so that it would coordinate with the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Paper. The Stamparatus made it so easy to do the three layers.

I don’t always make a belly band for a gate fold card but thought it would be a cute way to display the bear. Here’s what the inside looks like.

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The sentiment and stars are from the Better Together stamp set.

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Birthday Greetings with Varied Vases

Can you ever have enough birthday cards? I think not. Today’s card is a cute birthday card I made using the Varied Vases stamp set. This is a stamp set you would use a lot! Some nice sentiments for various occasions and lots of vases and flowers.

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Do you like the color combination? These colors were part of this week’s challenge over at Global Design Project. Just click on the banner below to go right to their blog post and see some great cards using this color combination.

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Design Notes for Varied Vases Card:

Well, obviously, the colors got me off to a great start. And, the Varied Vases stamp set is just so cute and cheery. Who wouldn’t want a card like this one. I really love the long sprig of flower. First I stamped the flower outline with the Bermuda Bay ink. Next, with the stamp to fill in the flowers, I stamped with Bermuda Bay again but, I stamped off some of the ink first so that the outline of the flowers would show.

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I even stamped a flower on the inside of the card.


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This is a busy week for me. Classes on Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, and Thursday afternoon. Plus, my BFF and her granddaughter, Ava, are here while Ava attends her much loved horseback riding camp. Hoping to still post everyday but maybe a bit shorter than usual!





New Colors and Abstract Impressions

I’m still getting to play around with some of the new colors that Stampin’ Up! has introduced. Today’s card uses Granny Apple Green, and Mango Melody. (Aren’t they great names?) I also got to use the Abstract Impressions stamp set. You are going to love it!

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I just love this color combination. Well, there aren’t too many things I don’t like with Night of Navy!

Design Notes for Abstract Impressions Card:

I actually made this card a few weeks ago for a swap. Since i was making more than one, I wanted something fairly easy. it was for fellow demonstrators so it had to be extra nice!  I think I was able to do both things with this card.

The color inspiration was easy, I just looked at the package of the Designer paper. The colors in the papers are always listed on the package and in the catalog. That makes it so easy to coordinate the colors for a card or project.

Both the flower and the leaves were two step stamps. For the leaves, I just used one color, stamping off the Granny Apple Green for the base layer of the leaf.Then I went pack with the second layer and stamped directly on top of the other leaf image.

The stamp set, Abstract Impressions is one I know I am gong to use a lot!  Look how many great stamps there are. You can’t miss with a stamp set that includes creative images and useful, versatile sentiments.

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Birthday Card with Sweet Cupcake

I seem to always need birthday cards. You too? The other day I realized that one of my favorite stamp sets, Sweet Cupcake had been just the tiniest bit neglected lately. So I pulled it off of the shelf and went to town.

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i was inspired by the FabFriday challenge this week. Don’t you love this sketch for the layout?

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I think my favorite part of this card is the color combination.


Design Notes For Sweet Cupcake Card:

The thing that is the most fun about this stamp set is that you can add dimension by layering the stamps two or even three times. The plastic that the stamps are on has numbers so you know where to begin and how to build up the layers. Both the cupcake base and the frosting are layered, the candle too!

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Here’s a close up look at the cupcake. First, I used three brown shades for the bottom (a chocolate cupcake, of course). Next, the frosting was made with Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum inks. I opted to just use two layers. I used the Cupcake Cutouts Thinlits to cut out the “sweet” both in Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum. And can you see how I used a Spong Dauber with Smoky Slate ink to add some interest to the Smoky Slate side of the card? Such an easy way to add interest and dimension.

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Tip for Today

When stamping in layers, usually you want to start with the lightest color and move to a darker color.


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Painted Harvest – One More Time

.You can’t make anything you don’t love with Painted Harvest stamp set. I needed to make some thanksgiving gift tags for a neighbor and immediately went to that stamp set. The two step stamping on the flowers are just beautiful, no matter what color combination you use.

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Wouldn’t you like to get a package with this gift tag?

Design Notes for Painted Harvest Tag:

I had only the vaguest idea what I wanted this to look like before I began. When I was pleased with the look, I stopped adding things! Not my usual style – well maybe, sometimes.

The flower was stamped using So Saffron ink for the first layer. Then, Tangerine Tango was used for the second layer. I hadn’t used that combination before. I just about  gasped when I saw it because I was so pleased with how it came out!

There are three little flashes of bling on this tag. Can you find them? I cut out a leaf with a Thinlit from Seasonal Layers Thinlits and Copper Foil. The next little touch of copper is the Washi Tape at the bottom. The Washi Tape is from the Holiday catalog, Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape. Can you see the third bit of copper? I added some Copper Thread at the top of the tag to anchor the Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine.

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